Why Did I Start a Blog?

Contemplating life over a bowl of oats..

Contemplating life over a bowl of oats..

This morning, I finally summoned the courage to start something I've wanted to do for a while now.   Today, I start my very own blog.  It will be about fitness, my experiences as a fitness enthusiast, along with some stories about my life in general.  But I promise, it will all circle back to fitness.  And in my first blog, I would like to start by answering a few questions I'm sure a lot of people ask themselves when in my position.

First question: Why do I want to start a blog?  

Here's the first one that comes to mind.  I think there are a lot of guys like me out there.  I fall in the category of "former high-school multi-sport athlete serious about staying active and being competitive in all things".   I've read a lot of great blogs out there from fitness professionals and pro athletes which are great for learning new ways to stay fit, becoming better in sport, or just serving as motivation to help so many of us dreamers take a step closer to achieving their goals. What I want to do is simply provide my perspective as someone who is looking to be better in fitness, period.  I want to talk about my goals, my progress in achieving said goals, and comment on a few things related to what I'm doing along the way.  That being said, I want to be better in a lot of things, but that's another topic for another post..

Thus far, I've been fortunate enough to participate in a variety of types of fitness.  From climbing 14000+ feet over 30+ miles in the hills of Montreal, to playing on the championship team of a Las Vegas Asian Basketball Tournament, to running to the famous M of Missoula, Montana, or to finally bench pressing 300 lbs for the first time, I absolutely love trying new things while pushing my limitations. And so considering all that I've accomplished this far, and the goals I have yet to achieve, I want this blog to serve as a chronicle for all of it. So when I'm old and grey, I can have my grandchildren read to me about how miserable I felt while swimming in a pond atop a mountain at 8000 ft in Squaw Valley in 30 degree weather...ahhh good times. 

Second Question:  Why should anyone else care?

I feel my experiences may provide some insight on how others can achieve their fitness goals. Now, I am by no means an expert. I do not claim to be a trainer of any kind and I do not have any certifications or degrees in exercise science.  What I do offer are some stories I've acquired along with some lessons I've learned that might help out, or at least be somewhat entertaining.  Like the time I ran the Rock-N-Roll Marathon in Las Vegas.  Lesson I learned: Plan ahead. If you want pizza or restaurant food after running this marathon, order it in advance.  All 25,000 participants want the same thing and they are all staying in the same 3-mile strip.  I don't know which was worse, running the last 5 miles in freezing drizzle, or waiting nearly 2 hours in line for a large pepperoni pizza..that I had to share with 3 other people.  Get extra pizza, get it before the race, and you will be a much happier camper.

I also plan to use this blog as a laboratory. Here I will document my experiences at new gyms, trying different clothes, experimenting with my nutrition, and other facets of life related to fitness.  There is so much out there to explore in the fitness world, and I want to figure out what's best for me. Hopefully in the process, you will gain some insight on what works best for you too. 

And so, as I finish my first post, I invite you to take this journey with me.  Start something new, write down some goals.  The first step is the hardest part in doing just about anything.  Now is the time for all of us to become better.

Until next time! 


David Mason